Myths about depression often separate people from the effective treatments now available. Friends need to know the facts. Some of the most common myths follow:
Myth: It's normal for teenagers to be moody; teens don't suffer
from "real" depression.
Myth: Teens who claim to be depressed are weak and just need to
pull themselves together. There's nothing anyone else can do to help.
Myth: Talking about depression only makes it worse.
Myth: Telling an adult that a friend might be depressed is
betraying a trust. If someone wants help, he or she will get it.
For more information, please visit the Depression Center.
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Federal Citizen Information Center (www.pueblo.gsa.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 3/13/2003
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